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HoloLens from Microsoft

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Technology
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Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.

But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.

Microsoft’s HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with transparent lenses. You can see the world around you, but suddenly that world is transformed — with 3D objects floating in midair, virtual screens on the wall and your living room covered in virtual characters running amok.

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Cyanogenmod..

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Technology
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Cyanogen is a US-based mobile software company which produces Android-based firmware for mobile devices. The company started life back in 2009 with the arrival of CyanogenMod, a custom ROM for the T-Mobile G1 created primarily by Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik. As Android grew in popularity during the following years, CyanogenMod grew in reach and feature set, with a vast community of contributors maintaining CM support across dozens — and eventually hundreds — of devices. With CyanogenMod, Android owners able to load custom firmware on to their device could replace the manufacturer’s software experience with CM, gaining new features, increased control (with optional root access), a visual style closer to Google’s vision of Android — and often improved performance to boot. CyanogenMod is an open-source OS based on the Android Open-Source Project.

In 2013 Cyanogen, Inc. was founded by Kondik and leading individuals in the CM community with venture capital funding, in order to expand upon CM and make the project commercially viable. The following year saw the launch of the OnePlus One, running the new Cyanogen OS, launched in partnership between Cyanogen and Chinese newcomer OnePlus. That device featured a new version of CM, dubbed CyanogenMod 11s, with additional closed-source features designed for the OnePlus One. In late 2014 Cyanogen announced a partnership with Micromax in India, which would see that manufacturer exclusively carry CM phones in that country.

Alcatel joined the party at Mobile World Congress 2015, with the Cyanogen-powered OneTouch Hero 2+. And in early 2015 the company raised $80 million in funding from investors including mobile giants like Twitter, Qualcomm and Telefónica — but not the widely rumored Microsoft.

The current stable version of Cyanogen’s software is CyanogenMod 11, based upon Android 4.4 KitKat. CM12, based upon the Android 5.0 Lollipop release, is in development at the time of writing.

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Google’s Android M

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Technology
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Google officially introduced Android M, the next version of its mobile operating system, at its annual I/O Conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

As with 2014’s Android L preview, which eventually became lolipop , Google hasn’t yet granted Android M its delicious dessert name or a version number. Those details will likely come later this year when M makes its general debut on devices. For now, though, this is a developer-only affair.

Overall, there aren’t many surprises with Android M. Google’s focus on polish makes plenty of sense now, although it’s hard not to notice that it’s playing catch-up with Apple with Android Pay, app permissions and fingerprint authentication. That’s not necessarily a knock against Google — Apple’s also lifted plenty of concepts from Android — but it shows how much further ahead Apple is in new technologies like mobile payments and biometric security. Google’s likely not done yet, though — I wouldn’t be surprised if we see plenty more new Android M features announced over the next few months.

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Windows 10 coming: July 29.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Technology
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Microsoft promised to launch Windows 10 in the summer, and now the company is revealing an exact date: July 29th. Microsoft’s aggressive timing means that the company will be looking to finalize its features for Windows 10 very soon. Recent preview builds of the operating system continue to include many changes to features, and a number of issues and bugs.

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Screenshot of windows 10 update on windows 7.

Microsoft now has less than two months to fix all these issues and bugs before it launches Windows 10 to the world. That’s slightly concerning given the state of the operating system right now, but recent preview builds have started to look and feel more final, indicating that Microsoft is making progress. A lot of Windows 10’s new features are part of universal Windows Apps, and the software company can easily update these even before many consumers buy new machines with Windows 10. Microsoft also has the option of releasing direct operating system patches up to and after general availability. Windows 8 launched with a big update available on the first day, and many separate app updates. Windows 10 looks set to continue that trend.